I love New Years. Not because of the celebration, or short-lived resolutions, but because it marks the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. The New Year gives us pause to reflect on all of our blessings and look forward to all of our possibilities.

Yes, this past year has been a really messed up year. Yes, this coming year will have problems of its own. But no matter what happens the “Good News of Great Joy” is that Jesus is still Lord and God is with us – Emmanuel!

Paul says: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going … for our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long.  Yet they produce for us an immeasurable great glory that will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 17-18, NLT).

You have been blessed beyond measure. Look back at your blessings and look forward to God’s future with you. I am looking forward to looking forward so I don’t miss new opportunities, new relationships and new possibilities.

The “Good News of Great Joy” is that “The Light Shines in the darkness, and the darkness CAN NOT overcome it.” So, this New Year let us all resolve to step out of the darkness and into God’s Light. Let the Good News of Great Joy overcome your fear. 



Pastor Randy Tucker